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Unread 05-28-2009, 12:22 PM   #1
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tile inlay on wood

I'd like to inlay 2 strips of 1 inch slate tile as a skid strip into stair treads made of 2x12 ipe (ironwood). I'm hoping to get away with using a flexbond thinset but I would think the grout would crack. Any suggestions?
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Unread 05-28-2009, 12:23 PM   #2
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tile inlay on concrete with bamboo

I'd like to do a similar skid strip surrounded by glue down bamboo on a concrete slab. Suggestions for thin set and grout there?
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I think you'd have problems getting that to work. Epoxy could be used to glue the stone to the wood, and it might hold for a while. You'd have to use a caulk instead of grout.
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If I were tryin' to do that, Mary, I would afix my stone pieces to the Ipe with Schluter's Kerdi Fix and use a flexible sealant of some sort in lieu of grout, as Injineer Bob suggests.

I haven't found a lot of things that stick well to Ipe, but I've never tried any thinset mortars. Would not have high hopes for even the super-modified ones, though.

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What about the the inlay of the tile onto concrete slab surrounded by bamboo? I'm assuming I shouldn't let the bamboo guys glue it down with their stuff but should use a highly modified thinset with grout between the tiles and caulk between the tiles and the bamboo. Sound kinda OK?
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What about the the inlay of the tile onto concrete slab surrounded by bamboo? I'm assuming I shouldn't let the bamboo guys glue it down with their stuff but should use a highly modified thinset with grout between the tiles and caulk between the tiles and the bamboo. Sound kinda OK?
Looks good, but I'd worry less about 'highly' modified and use a good medium bed so you could adjust the height easier - slate it heavy. For ceramic, a good modified will be fine.
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